Nominations are open for the 2017 AASCU Distinguished Alumnus Award.  For information about the award, criteria for selection and submission deadline visit Distinguished Alumnus Award website

AASCU is recognizing CSU San Marcos on their Anniversary. Check out the AASCU Founding Celebrations website for CSU San Marcos

There is still time to register for AASCU’s Academic Affairs meeting scheduled for July 23-25 in Portland, Ore. The focus of the meeting is re-designing the first year of college for student success. Read more



Black Hills State University (S.D.)
In honor of the South Dakota Supreme Court’s 125th anniversary, John Glover, professor of American Indian Studies and 2015 Bush Fellow, and his collaborative partners released ‘The Judicial Voices Project’ website recently. The Judicial Voices Project captured the justices’ personal histories and perspectives through recorded interviews available for public viewing on the project website. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Southeast Missouri State University’s Camp Redhawk is becoming an exciting summer tradition with its Sunday-Wednesday program for incoming students to meet and build friendships, interact with staff throughout campus, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the campus and community. It provides a deeper introduction to the spirit and traditions of Southeast. Read more

Troy University (Ala.)
For the seventh year, a group from Troy University will spend part of the summer in Israel working with a team of scholars and students excavating the ancient seaport city of Ashkelon. Six Troy students, under the direction of anthropology professor Bill Grantham, will spend June 6 through July 18 working and learning alongside top scholars in the fields of Near Eastern and biblical archaeology. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
For most students, the study of literature is normally accompanied by nothing more than a textbook and a class discussion. But for 19 students at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, English literature was brought to life in a two-week Maymester class that traveled to literary destinations across the United Kingdom. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • The group leader of UCF’s new Optical Imaging System Laboratory came to the university with the primary goals of reinventing the design and use of microscopic imaging tools to improve their versatility and capabilities. Sean Pang’s research will focus on developing multidimensional imaging platforms for biological research, medical diagnosis, and industrial-imaging applications in both visible and X-ray regimes. He is an assistant professor in CREOL, the College of Optics & Photonics. Read more
  • UCF marine biologist Kate Mansfield and her ongoing work with endangered sea turtles is the focus of a new PBS episode of “Changing Seas.” The show focuses on Mansfield’s breakthrough research tracking and discovering what young sea turtles do after they head to sea. The episode, called “Sea Turtles: The Lost Years,” is available for viewing on https://youtu.be/HZW2MaVuSVk after it recently aired in Southern Florida. The program will be distributed to public television stations around the country in November. Read more
  • The TWA Flight Center at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport looks like something straight out of Mad Men, an architectural marvel that evokes the wings of a bird and the dawn of the Jet Age. Historians worry that looming plans to develop the Trans World Airlines terminal as a hotel may sacrifice some of the iconic features that earned it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Researchers from the University of Central Florida recently lead a team that used high-tech laser scanners to capture the interior and exterior of the structure before that may happen. Read more

University of North Georgia
Thirty-four local elementary school teachers recently completed the first year of Psci-Train, a two-year professional development course taught by University of North Georgia (UNG) faculty to increase elementary students' science achievement. The program began in November 2014 and culminated in June in a weeklong, hands-on series of sessions developed to help the teachers connect content in energy conservation, waves, gravity, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and thermal energy to their students. Read more

Western Washington University
The powerful earthquake that struck Nepal in April, killing more than 8,000, hit on a Saturday – the single day that Nepalese schoolchildren are not in their classrooms, or the extent of the disaster would have been even more tragic. In areas close to the earthquake’s epicentre, more than half of the schools were destroyed or are now unusable. Rebekah Paci-Green, Western Washington University assistant professor of Environmental Studies and director of the Resilience Institute at Western’s Huxley College of the Environment, will lead a team of researchers to Nepal to assess the structural safety of both the school buildings that didn’t collapse as well as those that didn’t survive the tremor or its aftershocks. Read more



Grants and Gifts

Arkansas State University
Shiguang Yu, assistant professor of immunology in the Arkansas Biosciences Institute at Arkansas State University, has been awarded a $1.7 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health. Read more

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
The National Science Foundation recently awarded $144,777 to Armstrong State University’s Biology department which will allow the Biology department to fund the operation of a Next-Generation Genetic Sequencer, which gives scientists the ability to analyze an organism’s genetic code and is rapidly becoming a game-changer in the medical world with the ability to solve complex patient issues. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Faculty at Black Hills State University received two of the eight competitive state research grants recently announced by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Read more

California State University, East Bay
CSUEB Continues Commitment to K-12 Science Education with $3 Million Partnership Grant: Cal State East Bay and the Alameda County of Education (ACOE) have received a $3 million partnership grant to continue their longstanding commitment to enriching K-12 science education in local schools. Read more

Georgia College
A group of Georgia College faculty members received a $30,000 grant through the University System of Georgia’s Affordable Learning Georgia Textbook Transformation program, which focuses on reducing the costs of textbooks. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Louis Pesci and Jill Oblak from IUP's Institute for Rural Health and Safety received $56,269 from NRG Energy, Inc. for their project, “Emergency Response Training.” Read more
  • IUP professors Brian Okey, Department of Geography & Regional Planning, and Nathan McElroy, Department of Chemistry, received $66,488 from the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County for their project, “Beaver Run Reservoir Project.” The project does water testing for the Municipal Authority and posts results of the testing on a public website. Read more
  • IUP Professors of Mathematics Francisco Alarcon and Brian Sharp received funding in the amount of $59,847 from the Indiana Area School District for their project, “IUP HomePlate: Indiana Technology Innovators (ITI).” Read more
  • Barney Knorr, director of IUP's Center for Career and Technical Personnel Preparation, received a grant from the Carl Perkins Vocational and Technology/PA Department of Education in the amount of $1,132,316 for his project, “Career & Technical Education Professional Development Centers.” Read more

Salisbury University (Md.)
Salisbury University’s Nursing Department received the largest grant in its history – nearly $2.1 million – to continue a project that prepares clinical experts to become nursing faculty. Read more

Tarleton State University (Texas)
Equipped with a science and engineering laboratory, a STEM Mobile Learning Center will bring new learning opportunities to rural public schools and provide Tarleton State University students with real-world experiences when it hits the road this fall. Funding for the mobile center comes from a $174,879 grant provided by the Texas Pioneer Foundation. Read more

Texas Woman's University
A gift of nearly $10 million from a foundation created by world-renowned psychologist and psychometrician Richard W. Woodcock will put Texas Woman’s University at the center of interdisciplinary research into cognitive and achievement assessments and advancing effective clinical practice for two-year-olds to octogenarians. Read more

University of South Carolina Aiken
Virginia Shervette, assistant professor of wildlife and fisheries in the Department of Biology/Geology was notified that she has received a $475,000 grant from NOAA to fill in critical life history information gaps of data-poor fisheries in U.S. Caribbean waters. She specifically will study the age, growth, and reproduction of queen triggerfish and four species of parrotfish. Read more

West Texas A&M University
West Texas A&M University is the recipient of a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant, totaling more than $230,000 from the National Science Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase a high-temperature X-ray diffraction system (HT-XRD) for research on nanotechnology and resilient-building materials. Read more



Presidential Honors

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Jonathan Gibralter, Ph.D., president of Frostburg State University (FSU), received the Senator Harold Hughes Memorial Award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The Hughes Award recognizes the contributions of a non-researcher whose work translates research into practice and builds bridges across the alcohol prevention, treatment, and policy-making communities. Read more

Troy University (Ala.)
Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. received an outstanding service award for creating and sustaining the Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual Degree Program, on the program’s 15th anniversary. The award was presented June 16 in Xiamen, China during the 1-2-1 President’s Conference at Huaqiao University. Dr. Hawkins also made remarks to the conference. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Incoming Winthrop University President Dan Mahony received a national award this month for his principled and ethical leadership practices. The American Association of University Administrators selected Mahony, currently the dean of College of Health, Education, and Human Services at Kent State University, Ohio, as the inaugural recipient of the 2015 McInnis/Ryan Award for Mid-Career Higher Education Leadership. Mahony assumes the presidency July 1. Read more



Awards and Honors

Angelo State University (Texas)
Robert Dowler, a professor of biology at Angelo State University, received the Joseph Grinnell Award for Excellence in Education from the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM). Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Steve Babbitt, professor of mass communication, has his photographs showcased internationally this summer. Babbitt had three images accepted into the 14th Lessedra World Art Print Annual in Sofia, Bulgaria, recently. The international exhibit includes 349 artists from 49 countries. Read more

California State University, Fresno
Teresa Huerta, associate professor of literacy, early, bilingual and special education at California State University, Fresno, was recognized by the Association of Mexican American Educators as the 2015 Educator of the Year. Read more

Sacramento State
Sacramento State biology professor shares a regional Emmy award as a producer of the documentary "Becoming California." Read more

University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida continues a strong run in capturing some of the nation’s premier equipment grants, receiving three awards, more awards than any other Florida university, from the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. The awards, which could total $810,000, will outfit the university with state-of-the-art equipment to buttress its already strong programs in lasers and optics and advanced electronics. Read more

University of Houston-Clear Lake
University of Houston-Clear Lake’s School of Education celebrated members of the first graduating cohort funded by the U.S. Department of Education grant, Collaborating in the Academic Success for All or CASA. Fifteen teachers from five area independent school districts — Alvin, Clear Creek, Deer Park, Galena Park and Pasadena — received full scholarships and graduated with a Master of Science in Multicultural Studies with certifications in either Bilingual education or English as a Second Language. Read more

University of North Georgia
The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) has recognized J.B. Sharma, professor and assistant head of the Department of Physics, with the Leidos/Estes Memorial Teaching Award for his achievement in the promotion of remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology. Read more

University of South Carolina Aiken

  • Andrew Geyer, associate professor of English, has won the 2015 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for Best Work of Short Fiction (one of the most prestigious awards in contemporary American literature) published in 2014 for his short story “Fingers.” Read more
  • William Jackson, associate professor of Biology and Interim Dean of the Colleges of Sciences and Engineering, received the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, which recognizes and rewards excellence in mentoring undergraduate researchers. Read more

Weber State University (Utah)
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) has named Weber State University associate professor Valerie Herzog one of its 2015 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recipients. Herzog is the director of WSU’s Master of Science in Athletic Training. Read more




Angelo State University (Texas)
The Angelo State University Department of Agriculture’s Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team won the Undergraduate Quiz Bowl competition at the American Meat Science Association’s (AMSA) 68th annual Reciprocal Meat Conference. Read more

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
Armstrong professors of criminal justice, social and political science José de Arimatéia da Cruz and Becky da Cruz and Director of International Education Jim Anderson recently served as international evaluators at the National Science Exposition sponsored by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • Students from Sinte Gleska Tribal College on the Rosebud Reservation visited Black Hills State University recently for a week-long biotechnology boot camp as part of a NASA EPSCoR grant. Students worked under the mentorship of BHSU faculty and students learning how to use bioinformatics tools and DNA extraction procedures using water and soil samples collected from the Rosebud Reservation. Read more
  • Black Hills State University students presented research to an international audience during a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver. Students presented their research posters to undergraduates, graduate students, professors and professionals from around the world, exposing BHSU students to new research and advanced learning opportunities. Read more
  • Black Hills State University faculty are working to share the Lakota history across the nation through a new children’s book, “Circle Boy: Bringing Black Elk’s Storytelling to Life.” The book tells the story of a young Native American boy that has a deep connection with nature and uses his observation tools to save his village from a severe storm. Read more
  • Black Hills State University student Erin Kinsey documented her semester abroad in a unique way working as a mobile journalist, promoting her study abroad experience to future students in the CEA program. Erin’s work as a mobile journalist included creating five photo sets that contained 10 photos each, posted weekly on social media, shot and edited videos and wrote in a photo blog. Read more

California State University, Northridge
The air is filled with the smell of gas, hot metal, cleaning solution and new rubber tires. Sparks fly, as blocks of metal are molded into solenoids, shafts, gears and carbon fiber wheels. In this state-of-the-art California State University, Northridge mechanical engineering classroom, students work tirelessly on the latest model for this year’s Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) race car design project. Read more

Dakota State University (S.D.)
The South Dakota Board of Regents has recognized three student organizations from Dakota State University for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work. Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)

  • Preeta William will say ‘adiós’ to the United States this summer to immerse herself in the language, culture and art of Spain. William was recently announced as one of six recipients of the spring-summer 2015 scholarship from the Foundation for Global Scholars (FGS). Read more
  • Amanda Sleinkofer is taking her own bold path as she has been selected as a participant in the 2015 University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Heliophysics Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Ten students from across the country are spending their time working with scientists from either NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center or UAH’s Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research on projects related to various topics in heliophysics. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Faculty and staff at Southeast Missouri State University are working hand-in-hand with students to devise strategies to strengthen diversity education, according to a report released in June by the President’s Task Force on Diversity Education. The Task Force was formed to consider underlying issues that led to the protest events in Ferguson, and the aftermath of protests nationwide; and to make recommendations regarding ways to improve diversity education at Southeast. Read more

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford not only reached its $17.5 million campaign goal -- the most successful fundraising campaign in the university’s 51-year history – but surpassed it by more than $2 million. Read more

University of Houston-Victoria
When it’s time for University of Houston-Victoria students to read the textbook in Gino Tozzi’s “Texas Politics & Local Government” course, most students pull out their cellphones. Since spring 2014, Tozzi, a UHV political science lecturer, has supplied the textbook electronically at no charge to students taking two of his courses. Students access the textbook on mobile devices or can print it out for the fraction of the cost of a traditional textbook. Tozzi’s foray into what’s known as “open educational resources” came about from a pilot program organized by the Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria Library. Read more